Naming inconsistency within default applications

Bug #256365 reported by Exsecrabilus on 2008-08-09
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ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu has a thing for naming their applications inconsistently. Here's an example: When Hardy first shipped, Transmission was just named "Transmission" while Firefox was named "Firefox Web Browser" and Pidgin "Pidgin Internet Messenger." It didn't explain what it did and was confusing, although the Ubuntu team fixed it in 8.04.1.

Why is Totem just "Movie Player" when Rhythmbox is "Rhythmbox Music Player" instead of it too being just "Music Player"? There needs to be more consistency, which would prompt the change from "Movie Player" to "Totem Movie Player."

I have realized that all applications from GNOME have their names taken out. (For example, EOG is "Image Viewer" instead of "EOG Image Viewer." Same with Totem.) But with all other applications having their respectable names in the menus, I just think Totem should too. (And maybe EOG too.)

Dean Sas (dsas) wrote :

You're probably better of making a specification, rather than reporting a bug about this See for advice on that. Bringing it up directly on the ubuntu-desktop mailing list, so that we can get a consistent policy on this may be a good idea.

There's been a debate on gnomes desktop-devel-list( about this recently, nothing was actually decided on though.

Fedora also had a proposal at which again hasn't been implemented as far as I know.

Harsh Singh (hisingh1) wrote :

Not a bug man...

Exsecrabilus (exsecrabilus) wrote :

Yeah dude, I already know. >_> Isn't that what the guy above you just said? Wow.....

Dimitrios Symeonidis (azimout) wrote :

the transmission case was different, because it was the description that was missing, not the program name... for totem, eog, evince etc naming is consistent, in the sense that the name is hidden and only the description is displayed

Changed in ubuntu-meta:
status: New → Invalid
Exsecrabilus (exsecrabilus) wrote :

I'm aware.

Official GNOME Modules have their program names omitted in the menu.

I have a question: How can I help translate? I don't mean applications, I mean items in the Menu Bar. When I change the language, Transmission BitTorrent Client turns to just "Transmission" and Writer just turns to "", etc.

Dimitrios Symeonidis (azimout) wrote :

all translation activities are done inside launchpad:

Dimitrios Symeonidis (azimout) wrote :

but i see that you have already translated some stuff into korean:

so why did you ask?

Exsecrabilus (exsecrabilus) wrote :

I know how to translate the application themselves. But what about their menu items in the Menu Bar?

For example, when I change the language to French, in the Menu Bar, Applications -> Office -> " Writer" becomes just "" instead of saying Writer in French. How do I translate the items in the menu?

Dimitrios Symeonidis (azimout) wrote :

the menu item is part of each package, search there...

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